You Are What You Eat: LGBTQ Foods and Where to Get ’Em  

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Looking for more ways to support your LGBTQ community post-Pride? Pack your pantries with these swishy snacks and swills created by and for LGBTQ+ friends, family and foodies. 

Peppery Love Hot Sauces

If sampling locally made foodstuffs is your weekend (bacon) jam, pay a visit to Brentwood, Maryland’s miXt Food Hall, home to lesbian-owned Relish Market, to stock up on proprietor Stephanie Freeman’s signature Peppery Love hot sauces, like Stinger, a tart-and-spicy blend of citrus and ginger to tingle your taste buds. Turn your mouth-burner down with one of Relish’s handcrafted bottled teas in flavors that include hibiscus, lavender-Thai basil, and honey mint. RelishMarket.com

SunDaze Fermented Cocktails

Keep the basic-bitch hard seltzers on ice this hot-boy summer and crack open SunDaze canned fermented cocktails, a trio of ready-to-drink, 6% ABV Valencia orange juice blends that contain a healthy dose of vitamin C plus antioxidants and probiotics in classic, botanical and spicy varieties. DrinkSunDaze.com

Dicky Waffles

Kinky’s Dessert Bar, New York City’s first (extremely) adult bakery, has a no-prudes policy when it comes to its XXX-rated confections, like blush-worthy Dicky Waffles, crisp phallic-shaped cakes filled with an array of homemade creams and finished off with finger-licking glazes. Anatomically correct Va-JayJay versions of the waffles also are available, along with “Fuck Me” graphic cookies and cupcakes with pierced nipple toppings. Might need a Marlboro after scarfing these down. KinkysDessertBar.com

Reinberger Nut Butters

Some products naturally lean into a gay-ish aesthetic, like Reinberger’s Nut Butters, created by namesake co-founders Luke Rein, who identifies as bisexual, and Joseph Berger – a team of Olympic-trained rowers who sought to fill a hole (in the spreadable nut market) for a plant-based source of vital nutrients and energy-providing protein. Our favorite? Traveler’s Treat, a trail mix/peanut butter hybrid packed with bits of raisin, banana and coconut. ReinbergerNB.com

Everything Rainbow Spice

Being LGBTQ+ is just like being straight – except fun to be around. That’s the idea behind Curio Spice Co’s Everything Rainbow Spice; it’s the everything seasoning you know and love but zhuzhed up with sass and pizazz. There’s sumac for tartness, maras chile flakes for umami heat, turmeric for earthiness, and blue cornflower for a floral, honeyed touch. In gayman’s terms, it’s like you cut open a rainbow bagel and a purse fell out. CurioSpice.com

Future Gin

Longtime friends (and proud queer women) Amy Atwood, Mary Bartlett, Freya Estreller and Natasha Case turned the distilling game on its head with Future Gin, their version of the classic spirit with a California twist. Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and grape leaf – from the ladies’ Golden State gardens, to be sure – are distilled alongside traditional botanicals to produce a gin that’s altogether characteristic and beachy-bright. We’ll tink to that. FutureGin.com

KEHO Snack Bites

Tearing the grocery aisle apart for meatless keto options? Tekla Back answers your prayers with her savory KEHO snacks made with dehydrated plants and spices in globe-spanning flavors like Thai Me Over, Curry in a Hurry, Pizza to Go, and Tex Mex Moment. Coincidentally, Back is having a moment of her own: Rolling Stone magazine recently featured her in the article, “13 Lesbian and Queer Women-Owned Brands to Support During Pride (and All Year Long).” KEHOLife.com

Cool Cat Wine Spritzers

We’re not saying your queer counterparts are trying to get you drunk and take you home (with consent, of course), but it’s not not what we’re saying, what with the abundance of LGBTQ-created alcohol options on this list, like Cool Cat Wine Spritzers from founder Rocco Venneri. Named Best Spritzer of 2021 by Liquor.com, this frosty pussy squad is available in original (elderflower-mint-lime), citrus, berry, and grapefruit. DrinkCoolCat.com

Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies

Packed with oats and “sweetened by nature,” Maxine’s Heavenly homemade-style cookies – the half-baked brainchild of a predominately LGBTQ-led team – replace refined sugar with a coconut substitute and dates for a naturally low-glycemic treat at only three to eight grams of sugar per serving. Ten out of ten, highly recommend the brand’s chocolate chip and Cinnamon Speculoos Crunch crispy bundles. All the gluttony without much guilt. MaxinesHeavenly.com

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyroxtravels

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